This can be a historical and vital day for Nepali cricket. As of late, 24 years in the past, Nepal performed its first global cricket match.
Nepal made its global debut on September 6, 1996 within the ACC Trophy in opposition to Bangladesh in Malaysia. Nepali cricket, which is lately celebrating its Silver Jubilee, performed T20 International Cup within the interim, were given ODI reputation and likewise performed some top notch cricket.
Now Nepali cricket has made nice strides. Many gamers who performed at the moment have witnessed the advance of Nepali cricket until now. Remembering the similar day on Sunday, the then vice-captain of the crew, who later was the captain, Lekh Bahadur i.e. LB Chhetri posted his standing on Fb.
Pronouncing that it used to be a proud second to play within the first ACC Trophy, he additionally remembered one of the crucial participants of that crew who’ve not too long ago passed on to the great beyond.
That historical crew used to be captained by way of Uttam Karmacharya. In a dialog a couple of days in the past, Karmacharya stated that it used to be a super blessing for him.
‘I’m in reality pleased with the primary captain of the Nepali cricket crew. That Malaysia excursion used to be historical for us, ‘says Karmacharya.
LB Chhetri, who used to be the vice-captain of the similar crew, was the captain of the ACC Trophy two years later. He has printed the e-book ‘Captain 1998’. Some participants of that crew later was coaches. Pawan Agrawal and Raju Khadka, who performed in the similar crew, additionally captained the nationwide crew later. Jagat Tomata Nepal, a member of that crew, used to be the trainer when he were given ODI reputation.
Nepal made its debut in opposition to Bangladesh on September 6, 1996. Within the rain-soaked recreation, Nepal may just now not bat absolutely and Bangladesh received. Nepal defeated Japan the next day to come and were given its first victory.
Basanta Shahi used to be the primary wicket taker for Nepal. In a similar way, Pawan Agrawal used to be the primary participant to attain a part century. In the similar ACC Trophy, Pawan scored 80 runs within the fit in opposition to Brunei.
What used to be the choice, crew and debut recreation of Nepal’s first crew? Here’s an excerpt from LB Chhetri’s e-book Captain 1998:
Collection of the primary nationwide crew
The twelfth Jay Trophy of Birgunj used to be vital for the reason that Nepali nationwide crew used to be making ready for this pageant. That too to take part within the legitimate global pageant. The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) used to be launching the ACC Trophy for the primary time with the purpose of fostering brotherhood amongst creating Asian international locations and creating cricket. The primary ACC Championship used to be scheduled to be held in Malaysia.
Nepal Cricket Affiliation (NCA) needed to get ready the nationwide crew. Subsequently, 24 folks have been shortlisted for the Jai Trophy in accordance with their top efficiency. Ganesh Bahadur Shahi and I have been decided on from Banke. We have been known as for closed coaching in Birgunj. There used to be a agenda for residing within the dharamshala of Mysthan, consuming within the mess and coaching and practising within the Narayani area.
There used to be a concrete pitch. Practiced at the mat. Virendra Bhatnagar of India and Farooq Zaman of Pakistan have been introduced in as coaches for the closed coaching. Along side them, closed coaching used to be carried out below the supervision of Nepali coaches Arun Aryal and Sunoj Bhattarai. It used to be very tough to coach for a month within the sizzling warmth of Birgunj. We used to run and observe within the morning and night time. The temperature had exceeded 42 levels. All the way through one month of closed coaching, my pores and skin burned and I was even darker.
I used to be happy with the efficiency. So the crew used to be assured. As Nepal is enjoying a countrywide pageant for the primary time, I had doubts concerning the variety procedure. As a result of within the number of gamers, India additionally had a difficult time. This used to be not likely to occur within the Birgunj election. Keep in mind that, Ganesh and I have been a number of the 18 folks to be decided on after the closed coaching. 4 gamers have been but to be introduced for the nationwide crew. I didn’t permit any loss of onerous paintings, diligence and self-discipline. So Ganesh and I have been integrated within the 14-member nationwide crew. It used to be as though my cricket, which have been misplaced in Bengal, had returned thankfully.
I had two goals, the primary used to be to play global cricket. 2nd, that too from the nationwide crew of Nepal. It used to be no much less an issue of pleasure for a participant who dreamed of residing in India to play within the jersey of his nationwide crew of the last decade. It used to be the best pleasure of all.
First ACC 1996 Malaysia
After a month of closed coaching in Birgunj, I returned to Kohalpur. On 22 August 1996, a fax signed by way of CAN President Jayakumar Nath Shah used to be gained. It integrated the general checklist of gamers decided on for the nationwide crew. Obligations have been shared. There used to be no restrict to happiness after receiving the fax. As a result of I used to be given the duty of vice-captain. The most productive workforce used to be decided on because the captain.
On the similar time, a way of duty used to be created. Within the first nationwide crew, Uttam Kumar Karmacharya (Dhanusha) captain, Lekh Bahadur Chhetri (Banke) vice-captain, Manish Raj Pandey (Morang), Pawan Agrawal (Bara), Pukar Pant (Lalitpur), Sanjay Gurung (Rupandehi), Jagat Tamata (Rupandehi), Raju Khadka ( Rupandehi), Musaraf Izhar (Parsa), Ganesh Shahi (Banke), Kiran Rana (Kathmandu), Vasant Shahi (Rupandehi), Vishal Gupta (Bara) and Ritesh Baral (Dhanusha).
4 have been positioned in change. Shankar Rana as wicket keeper, Sandeep Shrestha as batsman, Sarvajit Pandey as all-rounder and Ball.